Be a safe driver, cyclists and pedestrian! Follow the rules of the road to help you be a responsible user of city streets. Even simple tips like using seat belts, wearing bike helmets and being courteous can make a big impact on our roadways.
- Be alert. Look out for cyclists, pedestrians and other drivers at all times, including in parking lots, at crosswalks and when pulling into and out of driveways.
- Use extra caution in bad weather conditions and poorly lit areas. Make sure lights are on and signals are used properly.
- Don’t drink and drive. Alcohol and drugs impair reaction time, reflexes and decision-making abilities. Impaired drivers put everyone in danger.
- Make sure car seats are properly installed and appropriately sized for your child.
- Know traffic laws and cycling rules.
- As a rule, it’s best to ride in the direction of traffic, staying as far to the right as practical.
- Always wear a helmet, and make sure it is fastened and properly fitted.
- Be aware of your surroundings. Be on the lookout for road hazards, parked cars where people might open doors and give yourself plenty of time to make a move.
- Wear bright color clothing and use reflective lights to be visible from all directions.
- Be visible. Make eye contact with drivers when possible. Wear bright color clothing during the day and lightly colored or reflective clothing at night.
- Stay in well-lit areas, especially when crossing the street.
- Avoid distractions and watch out for hazards. Put down phones and handheld devices, and avoid wearing headphones. Your eyes and ears are great tools for keeping safe.
- Never assume a driver will you give you the right of way.
- Use crosswalks and stay on sidewalks
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